Tottenham Hotspur handed boost as Liverpool star Christian Benteke is ruled out of weekend clash

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Jurgen Klopp will take charge of his first game as Liverpool manager against Spurs on Saturday. (KO 12:45)

Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a boost by the news that Liverpool striker Christian Benteke will miss Saturday’s encounter at White Hart Lane, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The summer signing has failed to hit the ground running at Anfield but remains a real threat, something Spurs know all too well after his winning goal at the Lane for Aston Villa last season, and his absence will be welcomed by Mauricio Pochettino.

Roberto Firmino meanwhile, is progressing well after injuring his back three weeks ago but it is not yet clear whether he will be involved in Jurgen Klopp’s first game as Liverpool manager.

Jordan Henderson and John Flanagan remain out, while Joe Gomez will undergo further assessment this week after limping off during England Under-21’s 3-0 win over Kazakhstan last night.

Tottenham’s fortune on the injury front is slightly better with Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Heung-Min Son all fast approaching full fitness and each could see some involvement this weekend.

Saturday’s early kick-off is shaping up to be a fascinating encounter, with Spurs looking to build on their recent dismantling of Manchester City by taking the scalp of another of the league’s big guns, while Jurgen Klopp will hope to make an immediate impact at his new club.

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